Iowa Offers Garrison

Chris Garrison's recruitment kept a steady pace recently when Iowa offered him a scholarship. The New England tight end said he will visit the Big Ten school later this month. He talks to us about that and the rest of his process right here.

High school athletes often choose the option of staying home for college when given the opportunity. It makes sense. Their family and friends still can watch them play and more fans of that school live in their area, sometimes influencing the decision.

Chris Garrison enjoys that option with Boston College and Connecticut offering him scholarships. While the tight end is attracted to those schools, Iowa and Northwestern also intrigue him.

"I'd look forward it to it," Garrison said. "Even though it would be even colder there, it would be something entirely new for me. I think i would like it."

Garrison attends Lawrence Academy, a prep school in Groton, MA. He's from Goffstown, NH, a town 45 minutes away.

Boston College appears to be the early leader for Garrison, but the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder said he's very much open to other schools.

"I mean, I guess (BC) is (the favorite)," Garrison said. "But with these others schools starting to show interest and offering me, I think it could change."

Iowa is hoping that happens. He reports a Hawkeye offer and plans to visit the Big Ten school at the end of the month. Tight ends coach D.J. Hernandez is heading its pursuit of him.

"They started recruiting me about three or four weeks ago," Garrison said. "I have spoken to Coach Hernandez many times on the phone and we just talked about everything, really. He says he loves me as a player and thinks I'll fit really well into their offense."

The Hawkeyes often employ multiple tight-end sets and consistently have sent players from the position to the NFL throughout the last 35 years.

"I'm too sure yet all about Iowa but I guess I'll find out more on my visit," Garrison said. "I know they usually always have a tight end on the field, but we've talked about me playing like a TE-H-back. So, I'll be split out against linebackers."

Garrison said he has not set up any other visits at this time. He said he likely would be checking out Syracuse, Northwestern, Duke and Rutgers in the future. He said Iowa would be the first school he's seen in person.

Garrison, who is interested in a business major, said the campus stops would separate the colleges for him.

"I will just have the right feeling about the school and the football after visiting and comparing," he said. "Honestly, I have no idea when I'll commit. Before my senior season would be nice, but I'll see when the time comes."

Scout.com ranks Garrison as the 23rd best tight end in the Class of 2015. He's a member of the 2013 NEPSAC All-New England Prep Class B football squad.

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